Last week Congress passed the Labor HHS Appropriations bill. This bill will provide an additional $899 million, a 3.1 percent increase, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Of this $899 million, $128 million will be allocated to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
President Bush has threatened to veto this spending bill. He has proposed a $480 million cut to NIH. The veto could come as early as today and then it will be sent back to Congress for an override vote sometime between Tuesday and Friday of this week before they leave for Thanksgiving Recess.
I urge you to contact your Member of Congress and ask them to override the President’s veto!